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One Day Wonders!

24 hr installation for Eric Wright Group by for AV team

We pulled out all the stops to get our latest rental project installed and functioning in just one day!
We were asked by Eric Wright Group to provide site accommodation facilities for two major care homes and retirement villages in Stoke-on-Trent to which they have been appointed lead contractor for the Sapphire consortium. The retirement villages are being developed at:

  • Holdcroft Fields, Holdcroft Road, Abbey Hulton
  • The Former Brookwood Home and Blurton Farm Depot, Consett Road, Blurton
    A third village is also being developed as part of the scheme at The former Westcliffe Hospital, Turnhurst Road, Chell.

    Together the developments will provide 390 extra care apartments over the next three years in the biggest scheme of its kind to ever be developed in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Luckily the weather was on our side on the day of delivery for the new build units for Holdcroft Fields and the installation went pretty smoothly, but putting twelve 9.6m x 3m cabins in place in such a short space of time is no mean feat!

    We relied on the experience of our delivery partners David Watson Transport to move the units in good time from our production site in Nottingham. Once at site Steve Sheehan of Cains Haulage oversaw all of the complex lifting which enabled us to meet the client’s exacting deadline in good time.

    The 6 on 6 set up saw us utilize both our OpenSpace product alongside standard units, linked with external staircases. The commission featured up graded insulation levels, UPVC double glazing, PIR lighting controls, timer controlled heating and water saving push taps to wash basins.

    We also refreshed existing stock to provide the same configuration at the second development site at Blurton. All units were finished to feature Eric Wright Group’s distinctive black and orange branding.

    The new units were built by our production team at AV Danzer and leased to Eric Wright Group and installed by AV Group.

    August 20th, 2014|

    £1m order book in recent weeks

    Modular and steel anti-vandal building manufacturer Danzer Limited has won new orders worth over £1m in recent weeks.
    The company has been awarded three contracts by Southwark Borough Council for school extension projects across London totaling £732,000. A further project worth £111,000 for ARG Construction and the London Borough of Kensington to provide accommodation units for Chelsea’s roadsweepers has also been delivered this month together with a £125,000 build for London Underground to provide permanent training facility for staff at its Cockfosters depot. A £43,000 contract for US distribution Company Iron Mountain in Dublin has also seen the firm deliver a vandal-proof storage vault, in what is the company’s first overseas project.

    Commenting on the strong order book Danzer Limited’s Helen Scott said: “Our success is down to the fact that we manufacture, deliver and install our own buildings, which are made by our fabrication team at Langley Mill to meet clients’ exact specifications. That means we keep full control of the process from order right through to hand over and fit out and that enables us to minimize delays. Modular building provides a fast, affordable and flexible route for expansion for places such as schools and colleges compared to traditional building methods.”

    She continues: “We are also winning lots of repeat business which is great. The Southwark schools follow on from three successful completions we delivered for the Council in 2013. “

    To meet the growing demand Danzer Limited, has invested £110,000 in a new steel production facility at Langley Mill which will be operational in the Autumn.

    The new facility will include an overhead crane, gas piping system, welding equipment, spray painting facilities with full extraction and air filter systems along with all the necessary electrical work. It is anticipated that the new facility will deliver a 50% increase in productivity in steel manufacture.

    August 4th, 2014|

    Investing in BIM

    The design team here at Danzer has invested in auto Computer Aided Design REVIT building design software which is specially built for Building Information Modelling (BIM).
    It will allow us to produce 3D models of projects ahead of build and enable us to share building information much more easily with other contractors.

    BIM allows us to gather data on geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components, project management and post-construction facilities management.

    The data can be used to illustrate the entire building life-cycle, from cradle to cradle, from inception and design to demolition and materials reuse; quantities and properties of materials, which can be easily extracted from the model; and the scope of works, including management of project targets and facilities management throughout the building’s life.

    Furthermore, systems, components, assemblies and sequences can be shown in relative scale to each other and, in turn, relative to the entire project.

    From April 2016, all centrally-funded public sector work is due to be delivered using Level 2 BIM. To find out more about the impact BIM will have there’s a great article here at localgov.net

    The design team will be undertaking external training over the next few months and we intend to be implementing BIM on all projects by the end of 2014.

    August 1st, 2014|

    Danzer Limited Completes Largest Ever Modular Installation

    The company’s biggest single commission to date was completed recently and installed in Shardlow, Derbyshire.

    Featuring our LinkPak steel and timber modular product, no fewer than sixty four 33m x 48m modules make up this substantial building which will provide laboratory space for a food processing company. The building replaces one which had previously been fire damaged, was towards the end of its lifespan and was no longer fit for purpose.

    The client’s requirement for a peripheral corridor running around the facility and half glazed interior partitioning to create different lab spaces was readily accommodated by redesigning LinkPak system’s steelwork.

    We manufactured and delivered the units from our Langley Mill factory in Nottingham in four phases – supplying 16 modules with each phase. Our installation team handled the fitting of doors, trims and fixings on site, including making sure the exterior Steni Brick cladding lined up perfectly – a challenging task on a build of this scale. The laboratory team themselves undertook all of the technical fittings such as autoclaves, incubators and extraction facilities.

    The completed structure is predominantly a laboratory facility under a ridged roof, with some sound-proofed office accommodation included. A roof top plant room was also added to the design to take care of systems such as heating, aircon and fume extraction and we included a steel access ladder and door out onto the roof for easy maintenance.

    We added some nice design touches such as an Oak portcullis-style entrance door as well as recessed porches and canopies to provide shelter in poor weather.

    Given the size of this order and the current strength of our order book we are investing in a brand new steel processing facility at Langley Mill so we can produce even bigger and more complex installations in years to come.

    Photos courtesy of Paul Fletcher.

    July 31st, 2014|

    Peel Park Campus topped out

    The development of the University of Salford’s Peel Park campus has reached a milestone with a topping out ceremony for the £81m project.

    Graham Construction has completed the steel frameworks for the site which will consist of nine blocks ranging from five to nine storeys. We reported this project here, back in February.

    Peel Park will provide a total of 1,387 new bed spaces across two separate sites.

    Graham Construction started work on the project in November 2013 as part of the Salford Villages Consortium.

    This includes Graham Investment Projects, Campus Living Villages, Equitix and Kier Project Investment, who have jointly invested and developed the property with the project finance being provided by Standard Life Investments.

    The site is expected to be open by September 2015.

    More here…

    July 24th, 2014|

    The merits of modular building methods for schools: The needs of the sector

    With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores in this final blog about building for schools, how meeting specific needs might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.

    Schools need suppliers that will complete each project precisely on programme, and meet the deadline for completion on time. A vast majority of work undertaken in many cases is being undertaken during school closure. It is therefore critical that buildings have to be completed for the start of a new term. Buildings can be designed and constructed to permanent building standards and comply with the latest Department for Education guidelines for teaching and learning.

    The use of modular construction radically reduces both disruption to teaching and time on-site, both of which are essential factors when schools have an urgent requirement for additional school places.


    July 5th, 2014|

    The merits of modular building methods for schools: Talk direct

    With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how talking directly with the manufacturer might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.

    When planning a building, talk to the manufacturer directly as all too often companies are approached after a design has been agreed. It’s much easier for all parties to be involved at the beginning, and you’ll be amazed at how expert advice can save you time and more importantly money.


    July 4th, 2014|

    Iron Mountain secures the ideal vault solution

    When project management firm Osborn Associates was tasked by US distribution company Iron Mountain, to create a storage vault at its Damastown depot near Dublin, our modular system met their demanding specification in all its detail. Given a very tight deadline, the modular solution made absolute logistical sense and we are delighted to have now completed our very first ‘overseas’ commission.

    The storage vault will provide highly secure storage for some 46,464 Digital Linear Tapes (DLT) – an archive that amounts to a staggering quantity of valuable data.

    Manufactured by Danzer Limited at our Langley Mill site in Nottingham, the three 3m x 9.6m steel modules create the storage vault which is linked to the main Iron Mountain depot. 95% of the fit-out was completed at Langley Mill in order to allow rapid installation at Damastown. Consequently, the units were pre-installed with insulated wall and ceiling panels, mobile shelving, fire alarms, a pressure relief system, security system and air conditioning.

    A key factor in the project was ensuring that the tracking system remained perfectly level and we were able to draw on the previous experience of sister company AV Group which installed a similar system in North Wales, so this crucial task was completed without a hitch.

    Our long term haulage partner David Watson Transport then took the units on three lorries from Nottingham via Holyhead to Damastown 45 miles outside of Dublin. The installation was completed and handed over in just four days, to the delight of Iron Mountain.

    Osborn Associate’s Phil Osborn comments: “I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone for your professionalism, craftsmanship and overall effort to achieve this exceptional result of which you should be rightfully proud. Also the spirit of cooperation has made this scheme a real pleasure on which to work and personally interact with you all.”

    Further collaborations with Osborn Associates are likely later this year, to deliver similar installations for Iron Mountain across Europe as we take our operation international.

    July 3rd, 2014|

    The merits of modular building methods for schools: Offsite Construction

    With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how offsite construction might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.

    Offsite construction has become a buzz word in the building industry, but it is not new to modular building sector. The industry as been manufacturing in excess of 75 years in an offsite capacity and it is great to see companies such as Danzer and other members of the MPBA (check out the web site www.mpba.biz) manufacturing everything here in the UK. Modern factories now produce hi-tech buildings with quality control in place. Delivery dates are met with no delays due to weather conditions.


    July 3rd, 2014|

    The merits of modular building methods for schools: Turnkey Solutions

    With schools up and down the country under pressure to provide extra pupil places, Jackie Maginnis from the Modular and Portable Buildings Association explores, in this next of a series of blogs about building for schools, how turnkey modular buildings might be the solution that the education sector is searching for.

    When looking at either replacing, extending, or adding to existing structures, modular buildings can meet any criteria set. High quality modular accommodation is flexible enough to meet all applications. Layout and design services are available from suppliers including expert advice on planning issues, building regulations and safety requirements. Site preparation and fast installation with minimum disruption can be achieved using modular systems. Transport, groundworks, and commissioning can be part of a turnkey package by using just one company and one contact. And crucially, the industry offers guaranteed delivery dates with buildings that are quality controlled in a factory.


    July 2nd, 2014|